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CPI(M) stages dharna in front of 40 sub-stations across the district

Powerful issue: CITU leaders staging a dharna in front of Collecter's office protesting increase in power charges, in Sangareddy on Saturday. –Photo: Mohd Arif
Powerful issue: CITU leaders staging a dharna in front of Collecter's office protesting increase in power charges, in Sangareddy on Saturday. –Photo: Mohd Arif

Activists of Nalgonda district CPI(M) unit, led by secretary N. Narasimha Reddy, organised a protest demonstration with lanterns in front of the AP Transco Superintendent Engineer's office here on Saturday in protest against the increase in power charges.

The demonstration, in front of the AP Transco Superintendent Engineer's office, was part of the party's two-day protest demanding withdrawal of the tariff increase.

‘Adamant'

The activists raised slogans against the ‘adamant' attitude of the government in refusing to react to the criticism of several parties of its energy policy.

Mr. Reddy criticised the Congress for imposing a burden of Rs.1,000 crore by raising the energy charges, with service tax and increasing the maintenance cost of streetlights, despite declaring before the elections that there would be no tariff revision.

He hit out at AP Transco for choosing the easy option of increasing the charges instead of trying to plug theft and transmission losses. The Government should have gone for cheaper gas-based power and purchase at lower prices. sAmong those who took part in the protest were CITU leader Gopi and party activists K.Satyanarayana, B. Venakateshwarlu, Mallu Lakshmi, Prabhavati. The party organised dharna in front of 40 sub-stations across the district.

CITU dharna

The CITU leaders staged a dharna in front of the Collector's office in Sangareddy of Medak district demanding the steep increase in electricity charges. The protesting leaders demanded that the government immediately roll back the charges. They said that they would intensify the protest demonstrations if the government failed to do withdraw increase.


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